It was without doubt the star attraction of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show: the all-new Ford GT supercar. Incredibly, the wild styling and race car-like interior is all destined for production, which means one day in the not too distant future you’ll be able to park one of these beauties on your driveway. At present it’s expected to go on sale in late 2016.
If you prefer your performance in four-door flavor, then the Cadillac stand is well worth your visit. There you will see the all-new 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, whose supercharged V-8 delivers a supercar-rivaling 640 horsepower. This beast looks downright menacing in the metal and is almost certain to be the fastest car in the performance luxury sedan segment.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Another impressive sedan in Detroit was the Buick Avenir concept car. It was a total surprise, and shows that General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] has the design talent to pen a world class luxury sedan. It previews future design themes for the Buick (and Opel) brand and also hints at a new flagship sedan targeted at the Chinese market. Buick sold 1.2 million vehicles worldwide last year (mostly in China), which makes it GM’s second most popular brand after Chevrolet and means it deserves significant investment in new product.
Buick Avenir Concept Live Photos - 2015 Detroit Auto Show
The new Ford GT wasn’t the only mid-engine supercar that made its debut in Detroit. After a string of concept versions, Acura finally presented the production version of its second-generation NSX. Rather than brute power, the new NSX is set to stand out from the crowd thanks to a sophisticated hybrid drivetrain combining a twin-turbo V-6, dual-clutch transmission and trio of electric motors. We also hear that an even hotter Type R version is in the planning.
2016 Acura NSX live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] used this week’s Detroit event to also introduce its new Ford Performance go-fast division, which groups together previously separate divisions such as Ford Racing, SVT and the RS group over in Europe. To kick off the launch of Ford Performance, the Blue Oval had more than just the GT supercar. Another vehicle was the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor performance pickup, which will be racing into showrooms next year with an EcoBoost V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Tesla Motors’ [NSDQ:TSLA] latest Model S sedan was on show this week at the Detroit Auto Show. Two new features have been added for the 2015 model year: a dual-motor, all-wheel drive option and an Autopilot function. The former boosts the car’s output to a Lamborghini Aventador-matching 691 horsepower, which means the electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
It may not be one of the more exciting vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show, but Audi’s second-generation Q7 did manage to generate a lot of buzz. The vehicle is much more impressive in person than in the photos, and its new lightweight architecture—which helps save around 700 pounds in some trim—should make it impressive behind the wheel too. Note, while the new Q7 was its main attraction this week, Audi also had on show an updated version of its Q3. Both vehicles go on sale later this year as 2016 models.
2016 Audi Q7 live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Whether you hate ‘em or love ‘em, you'll need to get used to seeing more coupe-like crossovers on the road as a handful of automakers are planning new ones. One of these is the new GLE Coupe from Mercedes-Benz, which in Detroit was shown in regular, AMG Sport and Mercedes-AMG trim, the latter of which is featured here.
2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Porsche introduced an updated version of its Cayenne Turbo S in Detroit, and the latest version is more insane than ever. It also lays claim to the title of world’s fastest SUV, with Porsche confirming that the 570-horsepower beast can lap Germany’s notorious Nürburgring race track in just 7:59.74—yes, a sub-8-minute ‘Ring time for an SUV! The German automaker also had a new 911 Targa 4 GTS on show.
2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Despite the growing popularity of performance SUVs, we’re glad there are automakers still building traditional, bare-bones sports cars like Alfa Romeo and its 4C. In Detroit we saw a new open-top version, the 4C Spider, rolled out.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
The Lexus RC F has done an impressive job winning hearts and minds to the performance side of the Japanese luxury brand, and now, the GS sedan is getting in on the action. In Detroit, we saw the covers come off the 467-horsepower GS F. It may not be as powerful as rivals but engineers have focused on making the GS F one of the best-handling cars in its segment. It doesn’t hurt that it is one of the lightest too.
2016 Lexus GS F live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Last but not least is the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. Yes, Ford has managed to build an even more extreme version of the already-hardcore Mustang Shelby GT350, and it was one of the most popular cars in Detroit this week. We’re not expecting more power from Ford’s new 5.2-liter V-8; instead, the car benefits from a slew of aerodynamic tweaks, chassis improvements, and the cutting of weight.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
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